Re-positioning Cruise Help Needed

I'm taking my first repositioning cruise in early May from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton on Royal Caribbean. It is 13 nights. Does anyone know how I find out how many formal and theme nights will be on this cruise?  I need help knowing what to pack also. I've never done a trans-Atlantic. What kind of weather can I expect at sea temperature wise?

Tags: trans-Atlantic weather in May

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JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

Rose,  first welcome to Cruiseline.com.  I did a similar cruise a few years ago from San Juan Porto Rico to Southampton on RCI Adventure Of The Sea's.  You should have a great time.  We had 3 formal nights on that 14 night cruise.   I did not bother with my Tux and just took a dark suite.  2/3 of the ship were Brits and the ladies did dress a bit more then the Americans.  It is a hard trip to pack for because you start out in Warm weather and end up in cold and rainy weather (well,  cold to me,  I'm a native of Los Angeles).  I recommend you packing so you can layer,  a pair of shoes for rain, and a water proof coat.

 

Remember the Pound Sterling is worth more then the USD,  if your staying in the UK things will be more expensive.  Today the rate is 1 GBP to 1.42 USD.

 

If your going to stay a bit in London I suggest

1.  On departure day the buss to the airport was $ 100.00,  the Excursion to Stonehenge was only $130.00 and dropped you at the airport,  so seeing Stonehenge was really only 30.00.

2.  From Heathrow Airport you can get the tube (Subway) into London.  I think in the basement of terminal 4 or 5 has the sub way stop (ask your bus driver).  You want the Piccadilly line to go to London without having to transfer.

3.  If your staying in London and using the sub way I suggest buying a weekly pass called an oyster card.  Much less expensive then paying for each trip. 

4. I used a service for hotel and information called London Town that I had found on the internet that recommended a hotel in a good area that was in our budget and just 2 blocks off the tube station.  They also had a book on London for us on check in. We stayed in Kensington, nice safe area to home base out of for London.

5.  The food in UK is not what were used to here in the states,  Pub food was good (fish and chips, bangers and mash), Indian food was good as was the Middle Eastern.

6. A lot of the Museums in London are free to get into and worth an afternoon to look through.  Hyde park is also nice to see including the memorial to Princess Diana.

 

Be safe and have a great trip.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Enjoy the 14 day cruise.   We are doing a repo in October on the Dawn from Boston to New Orleans.

Thanks so much JusMe for your great information and wonderful tips.

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

You are certainly right about the food. we certainly do not eat Meatloaf, pumpkin pie, clam chowder, grits, biscuits and gravy. Travel further up north and you could try Tripe & onions, scouse and Lancashire hotpot.

By the way a subway is a passageway underneath a road or a sandwich shop.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

 

I used the subway for years when I worked in the financial district of down town Los Angeles.......Yes world we have a subway system in Los Angeles.   Not everybody in the states eats southern foods (you forgot the good southern food like BBQ ribs, corn bread and collard greens). Los Angeles is know for having any type of food in world and the best of the best if your willing to pay.

 

We just call the stuff you mentioned a Casserole or a stew and I just don't do cow stomach lining (Tripe)

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

I understand that there may be a subway system in LA. You were talking about a journey in London. I did not forget other foods in USA, I was merely pointing out that certain foods eaten in USA are not consumed in EnglandHappy

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I heard about a recipe for tripe, and how to tell if it's cooked through.   In with the tripe you put a rock.  Bring the pot to a boil.  When the rock is soft enough to eat, give the tripe another 1/2 hour.  

 

I'll take the biscuits and gravy any day.

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